Ancient Egyptians at Play: Board Games Across Borders by Alex de Voogt, Walter Crist, Anne-Elizabeth Dunn-Vaturi

By Alex de Voogt, Walter Crist, Anne-Elizabeth Dunn-Vaturi

The wealthy background of Egypt has supplied recognized examples of board video games performed in antiquity. every one of those video games offers facts of touch among Egypt and its neighbours. From pre-dynastic rule to Arab and Ottoman invasions, Egypt's earlier is noticeable on online game boards.

This quantity begins through introducing the reader to board video games in addition to tools of probability and is going directly to hint the background and distribution of historic Egyptian video games, having a look fairly at how they express touch with different cultures and civilizations. online game practices, which have been additionally a part of Egyptian rituals and divination, travelled in the course of the jap Mediterranean. This ebook explores the function of Egypt in accepting and disseminating video games in the course of its lengthy historical past. over the past few years, the level and the modes of touch became greater understood via museum and archival learn tasks in addition to surveys of archaeological websites in Egypt and its surrounding areas. the consequences permit new perception into historical Egypt's diplomacy and the position of board video games study in figuring out its extent.

Written through 3 authors recognized across the world for his or her services in this subject, this may be the 1st quantity on historic Egyptian video games of its variety and a much-needed contribution to the sphere of either Egyptology and board video games stories.

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Piccione (1990a:47) believes this suggests the spherical playing pieces associated with mehen were moved along this spiraling channel. Pictorial evidence Aside from the depiction of mehen on the wall of the tomb of Hesy-Re, other scenes from Old Kingdom tombs depict the playing of mehen. Five mehen playing scenes come from the tombs of the nobility of the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties (Decker & Herb 1994:634–6). These scenes typically show two men sitting opposite each other across the mehen board, with the board shown as it is seen from above.

These two scenes are similar, and both depict what appears to be four players, or two players with two spectators, engaged in a game of mehen. These scenes are also the only ones depicting pieces on the board as what appear to be marbles, which are found toward the center of the snake, though the lion or hound pieces are nowhere to be seen. ” They appear among senet playing scenes, as well as depictions of singers and dancers, a common placement of games throughout the Fifth and Sixth Dynasty reliefs.

It dates to the Middle Minoan period (c. 2000–1700 bce ), which is outside the time period when it was played in Egypt, so if it was in fact played as a game, it was more likely to have been inspired by the Cypriot version of mehen. Regardless, considering the level of contact with Egypt, the scarcity of spiral patterns, and the date of the game, it is impossible to call it a mehen board without further evidence. Men Also listed among the games offered to Prince Rahotep is the game of men, which is one of the oldest games of Ancient Egypt, but one of the least understood.

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